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Daddy by Korn

Album: KornReleased: 1994
  • Lead singer Jonathan Davis wrote this about a neighbor who used to abuse him. He had this to say about the song: "People think 'Daddy' was written because my dad f--ked me up the ass, but that's not what the song is about. It wasn't about my dad or mom. When I was a kid I was being abused by someone else and I went to my parents and told them about it. They thought I was lying and joking around, so they never did any s--t about it. They don't believe it was happening to their son. I don't like to talk about it." (Thanks, Ana - Wilkes Barre, PA)
  • When Korn performed their 1994 self-titled debut album from start to finish at Las Vegas's Brooklyn Bowl on March 13, 2015, it included a rare performance of this song. Having played this once, Davis had said it was too emotional for him to perform live again.

    Speaking to Rolling Stone in advance of the 2015 performance, Davis called the song "just so old news to me." He added: "It's not going to affect me like it did back then. There was abuse there, I dealt with it, and the person who abused me is dead now. Karma took them [laughs]. And, y'know, I've buried that. I'm just going to play the song for the people that need it, you know what I mean?"
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Comments: 38

To neenee: What are you talking about? Marilyn Manson was never sexual abused. I read his autobiography and no where did he mention anything about being sexual abused.Casey - Glendale, Az
Marilyn Manson and Jonathan Davis have this in common: 1. Both were bullied as kids 2.Both are amazing live performers 3. Both are fueled on anger and hatred because of bad things that happened to them growing up 5.Both are victims of child sexual abuse 6. Both have amazing eye opening videos 7.Both are badasses on and off stage.Neenee - Lake Providence La, La
i find this song eally sad because so many of my friends have experienced this but it takes a strong man to write about a trama like thisReid - Petal, Ms
The intro vocals creep me out but are still awesome. In the end, Jon is actually crying, it's not fake at all. The lyrics almost make me cry. But still one of my favorite Korn songs.Tyler - Apple Valley, Ca
I thank people take things way 2 far about Jon when he was a child I've heard all the storys, his dad some women and alot of stuff that seems unreal but can happen. This song has meaning 2 it and I love it cause you can put your pain into a song "Daddy" is an awsome song.Josh - Meridain, Ms
sorry didn't read correctly so the one time he sang it might have been in texas.Betty - Houston, Tx
According to a friend of mine this song was also performed in Houston texas at the family values tour a couple of years back. She was there so she knows. She said when Jon started singing this song the whole crowd became intensely quiet.Betty - Houston, Tx
According to a friend of mine this song was also performed in Houston texas at the family values tour a couple of years back. She was there so she knows. She said when Jon started singing this song the whole crowd became intensely quiet.Betty - Houston, Tx
o man this song depresses me. poor jon he has got sum guts to even sing it live. thats extreme why didn't people believe him? this song scares meNick - Fayetteville, Oh
i can't find this song on any program or website. where can i get it? very underrated song.Gary - Kennebunk, Me
"Okey Dokey. There are so many people that are wrong here. He was molested by a neighbor yes, A female neighbor."

that must have been one fugly ass woman to be crying like he does in the song
Joe - Yamma, Bahrain
I love this Song I know people who can relate so it makes me thankful of what I have! :|Courtney - Columbus, Oh
If you listen very carfuly at the the end after the lady has sung her bit it sounds like JD had opened another door but this time it sounds like a man in a deep voice saying "death"... and fades away
who do u reacon that was or was meant to represent?
Kate - Brisbane, Australia
I should also add that eventually noone believed the children because of lack of evidence and the bizarre nature of the accusations (much like what happened to Jonathan). Yet it is still suspicious, because so many unrelated children came out simultaneously to recount what happened to them...Asdf - Asdf, Al
Heres a disturbing fact....

During the early to mid 80's, there was a rash of SRA (Satanic Ritual Abuse) cases in Kern county (where Bakersfield resides in). Numerous children came forth with bizarre accounts of sexual abuse and torture. Whether or not Jonathan was involved is debatable, however Kern county was notorious for this.

I can't believe noone has thought of this yet : /
Asdf - Asdf, Al
Wow, that's so sad to know that his parents didn't do anything. I want to go back in time and just...take him away from it. Poor Jonathan!Myss - Arvada, Co
This is one of my favorite songs from Korn because of the lyrics in it......but at first I DID think it was about his Dad abusing him....And im glad that this song was only performed one time...Crystal - Stockton, Ca
At about five minutes or so into the song, I'm pretty sure Jonathan Davis says 'Daddy why' instead of 'Mommy why'.Stef - Conore, Tx
I think the lyrics to the women singing at the end of the song are:

When I awake, I'll see your face,
When I awake I'll see your light,
When I awake I'll see your face,
When I awake I'll see your light,

Mother awake me
From my dream.
Mother awake me
And see my pain.

I think it just repeats after this but I'm not sure because its hard to make out after the instruments come in, but i'm pretty sure this part is right.
Matt - Somers, Ny
does anyone know what the female at the end of the song is singing? anyone who can provide those lyrics on here, would be better at finding song lyrics than me.Kevin - Independence, Mo
I'm not sure, but I also think that his stepmother maybe witnessed one of the times when Jon was molested. Because in the song he says "saw you watching, Mommy why!! Your own child" So I believe,though I could be mistaken, that his stepmother might have witnessed him being molested and never did anything about it.Matt - Somers, Ny
Okey Dokey. There are so many people that are wrong here. He was molested by a neighbor yes, A female neighbor. We all know his parents didnt listen so there isnt a reason to say it again. Mr. Rogers wasnt the person Jeff. IT WAS A FEMALE THAT MOLESTED HIM. Did anyone stop and think for a single minute before thinking it was a guy. Da*n you people are so closed minded. If i am wrong. Show me a quote.Kevin - Independence, Mo
I identify with Jon. I know what it like to be raped. It's screws up people live. My band is a group of people who have been sexual abused as children. Jon you rock. keep on keeping on. Don't do glamor rock!Joshua - Panama City, Fl
- Jake, Houston, TX

This song has nothing to do with Mr Rogers - that song is about a kid's TV presenter who told him to love and trust everyone, but when he did, they took advantage and this left him a very bitter man.
Neil - London, England
daddys about him getting sexually abused not f*cked upp the *ss he was just touched down thier ya knowJake - Aberdeen, Wa
It is about their neighbor Mr. Rogers that molested him. His parents didn't listen.Jake - Houston, Tx
no... it's about his neighbour who used to sexually abuse him, and his father would't believe him. People say Jon Davis hates his dad, but him and his dad actually get on very well.Danielle - Northumberland
To whoever made the thinger, u sure it wasn't his grandpappy? I thought it was about his grandfather, but I could be wrong.Max - New York, Ny
in interviews, both jon and his father say the song is about a female family friend who sexually abused him. when 12 year old jon tried to turn to his family, they ignored him.

much of the whining at the end was pushed by ross robinson. he pushed jon to make his vocals as torturous and emotion filled as possible. he's notorious for this, listen to the limp bizkit and slipknot albums he's produced.
Chad - Hoboken, Nj
accualy the event in the song never happend, half of the stuff johnathan davis talked about never happend he just makes up extreem situations to get attention since thier music is all the same....Nick - Rochelle, Il
brian.... if you want more songs like this then im guessing you want jon to cry like that again? cause dude when he sings about stuff that happened to him like "kill you" he cries at the end cause it brings back bad memories for him and it makes me sad that hes so upset i dont want them to release another song like that unless jon is ready to
so stop complaining
Kassandra - Long Island A.k.a Wrong Island, Ny
Jon never performs "Daddy" in concert, and he never did on the "pop sux" tour...he performs "kill you" which is a very emotional track as well...almost as much as "daddy"Joseph - Manteca, Ca
wen jon davis song this he couldn't finish from so much emotion. and iv much rather him be happier now then having his songs still feeled with the same emotion.Mishel - Madera, Ca
I think that Jon has been getting over a lot of his problems lately. On the Pop Sucks tour stop I saw, he didn't even shed a tear. I'm glad to see him feel happier for once, but sadly, his music is suffering because it was fueled with his inner grief. He's feeling good, and so now his emotional words have no weight anymore.Erik - Davis, Ca
This is a great song, so much emotion. Too bad they can't still make music like this.Brian - Paoli, In
Jon Davis has recently started singing this song on the untouchables tour. Maybe he can controll his feelings now.Dean - Chalfont, England
The Hidden track that follows this song is from a tape that producer Ross Robinson found in an apartment that he was cleaning. He listened to the tape and he thought he should put it on the CD. It is unknown who the people are in the recording, it's between a male and a female and they are fighting over how to fix a car.Nick - Paramus, Nj
it's cool that Johnathan has the guts to sing about that stuff in front of all those people, even if it was only performed once, i respect John for singing it at all.Jessi - Sandstone, Mn